In John 1, we read the story of Philip meeting
Jesus. Immediately after, Philip told his brother
Nathanael that he had met the Messiah.
Nathanael was a very religious man but his
response was one of skepticism. “Can there
any good thing come out of Nazareth?”
Human beings are sometimes very skeptical.
We tend to want to see things for ourselves
and not just take someone else’s word for it.
In some ways, this can be good. We don’t
want to be fooled into believing something
and acting upon it only to find out later that
it was a lie to begin with.
Spirituality is one area that people are often
the most skeptical. There is so much conflicting
information spread about God, the Bible and
religion in general that people are hesitant to
believe any new thing they may be presented
with. All of the “noise” makes it hard for some
to believe the gospel. Furthermore, they should
not believe it only because we say it is true.
Rather than insisting that Nathanael take his word
for it, Philip responded to his brother’s skepticism
by extending him an invitation: “Come and see.”
We must extend the same invitation to the
skeptics that God puts in our path. We cannot
expect them to take our word for it that Jesus is
God and the Savior of the World. We must
invite them to “come and see” for themselves.
The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to the lost in the
pages of Scripture. There, the blinded eyes of
the unbeliever can be opened and they can
behold God the Son for themselves. They
shouldn’t take our word for it. They should
come and see for themselves.